The Raw Food Diet
Published: February 13, 2010
The Raw Food Diet paves the way to perfect health by promoting a healthy diet consisting of uncooked and unprocessed organic food for clearer skin, leaner body and higher energy levels. Also known as raw foodism, this diet plan involves consumption of plant-based food. As part of this diet regimen, three quarters of the food intake must consist of raw food that does not include any kind of animal based food. There are four broad categories of raw foodism including
- Raw vegetarians – under this category, the dieters consume some animal products like eggs and dairy products apart from usual raw food.
- Raw vegans – under this category, the dieters survive on only plant based uncooked food with no consumption of animal products.
- Raw omnivores- here, dieters eat both plant based and animal based raw food items.
- Raw carnivores – this category is for people who consume only raw meat products
According to raw foodists, consumption of raw and uncooked food will help in weight loss and also in stabilising the lost weight. A habit of eating raw food can help in fighting chronic diseases and strengthens the immune system. The ideal Raw Food Diet consists beans, grains, legumes, dried fruits, fresh fruits, vegetables, seaweeds, nuts, and sun dried fruits along with meat, fish and eggs.
It is important to note that food for raw food dieters is prepared in a special manner. These include soaked nuts, dried fruits and sprouting grain. It is considered as an ideal way of dieting to enhance overall health along with weight loss. The benefits of a raw food diet include better skin, more energy, sustained weight loss and better blood test results. This diet is more of a lifestyle rather than a strict diet plan.
Supermodel Carol Alt swears by the raw food diet.